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Production Manager

UK Shared Business Service (UKSBS)
UK, South East, Oxfordshire, Didcot
from £360 per day
Contract, 24 month, Full time
Discipline: Manufacturing Engineer,Public Sector,Production Management


The STFC RAL Space Department Millimetre-wave Technology Group (MMTG) is a dynamic, multidisciplinary and world-leading technical team that undertakes a broad remit of project work associated with the development of millimetre and submillimetre-wave (terahertz frequency) devices and instrumentation used in ground-based, airborne and spaceborne remote sounding. In a major expansion of its already broad portfolio of work, the MMTG is pursuing a very substantial technical development and supply activity in support of the MetOp Second Generation (MetOp-SG) series of Earth observation satellites.

MetOp-SG will deliver complex multi-wavelength instrument payloads into low Earth orbit via a series of repeat satellite deployments to be initiated in 2021. Each satellite will monitor the Earth's climate and weather within a range of well-defined wavelengths and a sequenced launch approach will ensure operational continuity of European meteorological forecasting through to 2050.

In support of the above, the MMTG is leading a European consortium tasked with providing sensitive, space-compliant and state-of-the-art millimetre-wave receiver front-ends that form the critical MetOp-SG Microwave Sounder (MWS), Microwave Imager (MWI) and Ice Cloud Imager (ICI) sub-payloads. To support our programme of work we are seeking an experienced and competent Production Manager who will work with the technical project team to ensure that our component and system supply meets the stringent delivery schedule and exacting performance requirements of the programme.

A suitable candidate will be expected to be able to demonstrate a career profile that includes demonstrated areas of expertise gained through work within the micro-electronics industry, preferably including work in the aerospace sector. The candidate will be expected to work with the project management team and the technical team including assembly and production engineering staff. He/she will also be expected to report to project technical and administrative management as required and to make judgement calls regarding prioritisation. Thus, an attention to detail and high level of communication and documentation skills are required for this role, which is pivotal in ensuring the delivery of state-of-the-art technology to project related RAL Space customers and a fleet of future Earth observing satellites.

The main activities that the successful candidate will be expected to perform are as follows:

• Plan and track production activities including mechanical manufacturing, assembly of RF modules including waveguide and PCB modules, RF testing at module and receiver-level, qualification testing at external test houses (e.g. EMC & ESD), and Lot Acceptance Testing

• Inform the Project Manager of resource conflicts or over-allocations and identify impact and possible mitigation strategies, to include additional resource if required

• Plan required equipment maintenance to minimise schedule impact

• Schedule test activities with external test providers (EMC, ESD, mechanical)

• Plan in-house production activities making optimal use of available resource using detailed MS Project plans

Adapt production priorities in response to Project Management requirements

Provide current production schedule milestone information to the Project Scheduler

Any other Relevant Information

The post holder may be expected to undertake occasional national and international travel to customer and partner locations within the UK and Europe in support of related project meetings.


Two or more years experience in a Production Management role in a manufacturing environment

Experience in use of Microsoft Project to plan and manage production activities and resources

Good attention to detail

Good organisational abilities

Fluent English spoken and written

Ability to communicate at all levels

Comfortable in a customer-facing role


Experience of working in a space / aerospace production environment

Experience / knowledge of electronics / RF equipment production

Experience of working in a clean room


Submission Deadline: Thursday 29th March 2018 @ 09:30am.

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